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Living by the scriptures

And now as I said concerning faith—faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things; therefore if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true. — Alma 32:21

In November three years ago, I first began to read the Book of Mormon and took the discussions with missionaries serving in the Cambridge, Mass., area. It is also the month that one extraordinary scripture had an instant effect upon my conversion to the gospel.

One verse of a few words offered guidance and comfort to me at a time when I was struggling to know whether The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was the church that I should join. A friend and I had been discussing the Book of Mormon, and faith in general, for months. I was trying to decide whether my interest in the Church of Jesus Christ was from a religious standpoint or out of curiosity. Was I interested, as I had been about other religions, just based on its facts? Was I interested because this Church was new in so many ways? Must I know everything about the Church before I join it?

These questions frustrated me. I needed guidance to break through the fog of doubt that blanketed what was an otherwise wonderful time in my life as I learned more about the Church.

Then, one night in an institute class, we read the 21st verse in Alma 32. I immediately felt that I didn't need to know everything about the Church to get baptized. I just needed to have faith that what I was experiencing was true. That verse, on its own, encouraged me to go on faith. That one scripture has truly blessed my life. — Tim Wilson, Boston, Mass.